MG Siegler over on TechCrunch has been chronicling his experience with picking up a new Macbook Air. One of the startling revelations Siegler has proposed is that of Steve Jobs and Apple killing the CD/DVD for the computer industry with the introduction of the USB reinstall drive. The Macbook Air does not come with a built-in optical drive and Apple found a way around packaging optical reinstall disks by placing everything onto a USB drive.
Siegler also believes that with the advent of an App store for the desktop (similar to the mobile App store) is another nail in the coffin for Optical media.
“Up until now, the vast majority of software (at least the legal variety) has been distributed by way of CD or DVD. The Mac App Store could very well change that. Every app found on that store, undoubtedly including the big ones we all know and love and use on our computers today, will be distributed over the Internet. This is long overdue.” – MG Siegler
What do you think? Will the optical disk and drive go the way of the floppy disk and tape storage?